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MARINA REFURBISHMENT Marina Rovinj (left & below) has been totally refurbished to give marina chain ACI an impressive facility in a favoured tourism destination. Rovinj rebuild sets bold new standard Adriatic Croatia International Club (ACI) has taken a step forwards for Croatian nautical tourism by completely refurbishing Marina Rovinj, one of the 22 marinas it operates from Umag in the far north of the country down south to Dubrovnik. The renovation reinforces the marina’s attraction as a shortterm visitor and charter boat destination, provides berths for far larger boats than before and has been focused on offering exclusive, often custom-made elements to create a bold new standard. Once a small fishing village, the town of Rovinj on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula has medieval architecture and narrow cobbled streets and is a prime tourist attraction. Locals and visitors can now include a marina waterfront experience as a large part of ACI’s €20 million investment has been spent on creating upland attractions. The new marina has 1,400m² (15,069ft²) of commercial space including catering facilities, a restaurant and café/lounge bar, supermarket, wellness centre, various high end shops, office space for luxury yacht brokers, charter agencies, chandlery and service centre. Shoreside facilities are cleverly designed to maximise waterfront views and offer exclusive amenities in contemporary, elegant interior settings. The new marina, which replaces a facility built by ACI over 30 years ago, has two separate basins – one for annual berth holders and another for visitors – that together offer 196 berths for vessels of an average length of 17m (56ft). Berthing for yachts up to 35m (115ft) is also available and even larger visiting vessels can be accommodated. All floating infrastructure was supplied and installed by Marinetek and its Heavy Duty pontoon elements have been employed to create four 3.3m (11ft) wide floating piers, measuring 54m (177ft), 57m (187ft), 69m (226ft) and 75m (246ft) in length. “We completed the design, delivery and installation of all the piers, associated equipment and anchorage systems to meet the agreed schedule of March 2019,” confirmed Marinetek Adriatic managing director Boris Miškic. The pontoons have sleek, high quality WPC decking in two shades of grey and coordinated alongside fenders. Identical decking is used on the 1.2m (4ft) wide x 6.0m (20ft) long access bridges. All pontoons are secured using chain and anchor, and vessels moor up Mediterranean style. A new quay wall has been built along the entire length of the marina and the new breakwater, at 6m (20ft) in width, now gives two-lane vehicle access. “We are delighted to have continued our long-standing working relationship with ACI to help create a new flagship facility in Rovinj,” Miškic said. “The rebuilt marina has been warmly welcomed by boat owners and can now offer a nautical service that was previously lacking in the town. By offering larger berths, Rovinj will also attract a new category of guest.” ACI prides itself on operating marinas in scenic waters and historic locations. Rovinj fits the brief perfectly – with an archipelago of 14 islands to explore, and the commanding steeple of the church of patron saint Euphemia to guide every boat back towards the heart of the centuries-old town. Marinetek supplied and installed its Heavy Duty pontoon elements to create four floating piers. - July/August 2019 27

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